VMworld: Centrify Automates Cloud Security with Active Directory
Centrify is the latest company trying to make some noise that this week’s VMworld conference in San Francisco. Specifically, Centrify is delivering a new “automated cloud security ” suite of solutions that will centralize cloud server control using Microsoft’s Active Directory. Here’s the details…
You could have a public cloud, or private enterprise cloud, it doesn’t matter. Centrify is looking to drive that cross-platform compatibility with Active Directory while making security a number one priority.
The new Centrify Suite enables customers to get a grip on their hosted cloud services, and maintain a level of security across the platforms. Centrify is calling this their “enterprise-out” approach, which is designed to create a centralized administration of security polices so all servers — private or public — fall in line with compliance.
Plenty fo companies are trying to manage identities across public and private clouds. One recent example is Novell Cloud Security Service, which Novell launched last week.
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Centrify, meanwhile, boasts their true advantage is their Active Directory approach, and sees that as a good foundation of establishing security and trust in users for the cloud. Here’s a list of features the new suite will provide beyond a central control console:
- Role-based access and privilege control (RBAC) — Dynamically provisioned cloud servers can be immediately accessed by authorized users
- Hardened Security –host based security that protects the operating system, applications and data-in-motion and is location and network independent
- Visibility — monitor and audit all user activity with scheduled and customized reporting options to provide auditors the required records of any privileged access to sensitive systems
- Enterprise Single Sign-on (SSO)to the operating system and applications
So where does VMware come in? The Centrify Suite’s new capabilities come courtesy of the VMware vCloud APIs “and/or” the Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) APIs. Centrify’s software analyzes the “readiness” of the new server that needs to be joined to Active Directory, downloads software that’s needed, and links it to the organization’s domain, the company claims.
All of those features are coming in Q4 of 2010.